Robert De Niro Slams Trump As ‘Lowlife-in-Chief’ & Praises Press As ‘Saviors’ – Tribeca Film Festival

Typically Tribeca Film Festival press luncheons preview their annual lineup, with a reminder of the event’s social and economic impact to downtown New York in the years post-9/11. However, Tribeca co-boss and two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro kicked off this year’s 17th annual event at Thalassa Restaurant by jabbing at his favorite punching bag: President Donald Trump.
“Look at all the Fake News writers here today,” joked Robert De Niro to several laughs.
“The country…

Typically Tribeca Film Festival press luncheons preview their annual lineup, with a reminder of the event’s social and economic impact to downtown New York in the years post-9/11. However, Tribeca co-boss and two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro kicked off this year’s 17th annual event at Thalassa Restaurant by jabbing at his favorite punching bag: President Donald Trump. “Look at all the Fake News writers here today,” joked Robert De Niro to several laughs. “The country…

Tribeca, AT&T Award $1 Million at Rising Filmmakers Program for Minorities

For the second consecutive year, AT&T in partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Institute have awarded an aspiring filmmaker $1 million to turn their dream project into a movie. Director-writer Sasie Sealy and co-writer Angela Cheng garnered the cash prize on Tuesday for their project called “Lucky Grandma,” about an ornery, […]

For the second consecutive year, AT&T in partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Institute have awarded an aspiring filmmaker $1 million to turn their dream project into a movie. Director-writer Sasie Sealy and co-writer Angela Cheng garnered the cash prize on Tuesday for their project called “Lucky Grandma,” about an ornery, […]

John Oliver Expresses Regret Over “Failed” Dustin Hoffman Confrontation

In an interview on UK talk show The Russell Howard Hour, John Oliver expressed regret over the outcome of his “failed” confrontation with Dustin Hoffman during a Wag the Dog Q&A session in New York earlier this month.
“It didn’t really go anywhere constructive, so the whole thing made me feel sad,” Oliver said. When Howard, whose show airs on Sky One, said it was better for Oliver to have brought up allegations of sexual harassment against Hoffman than avoiding the…

In an interview on UK talk show The Russell Howard Hour, John Oliver expressed regret over the outcome of his “failed” confrontation with Dustin Hoffman during a Wag the Dog Q&A session in New York earlier this month. “It didn’t really go anywhere constructive, so the whole thing made me feel sad,” Oliver said. When Howard, whose show airs on Sky One, said it was better for Oliver to have brought up allegations of sexual harassment against Hoffman than avoiding the…

Dustin Hoffman Spars With John Oliver Over Harassment Claims: “You’ve Put Me On Display Here”

In a striking and raw demonstration of the angst that has accumulated over Hollywood’s sexual harassment scandals, HBO host John Oliver sparred with Dustin Hoffman during an awkward 45-minute Q&A intended as a prologue to a 20th-anniversary screening of the film Wag the Dog.
Tonight’s event at the 92nd Street Y, a benefit for the Tribeca Film Institute, featured Hoffman, Robert De Niro, producer Jane Rosenthal and director Barry Levinson in an onstage discussion. About…

In a striking and raw demonstration of the angst that has accumulated over Hollywood’s sexual harassment scandals, HBO host John Oliver sparred with Dustin Hoffman during an awkward 45-minute Q&A intended as a prologue to a 20th-anniversary screening of the film Wag the Dog. Tonight’s event at the 92nd Street Y, a benefit for the Tribeca Film Institute, featured Hoffman, Robert De Niro, producer Jane Rosenthal and director Barry Levinson in an onstage discussion. About…

Elizabeth Olsen, Jane Rosenthal Demand Justice for Sexual Assault Victims at Chanel Tribeca Lunch

“So I don’t know about all of you, but I’m having a Howard Beale moment,” said Tribeca Enterprises’ Jane Rosenthal to the women in film who gathered at Locanda Verde on Tuesday for the third annual Tribeca Chanel Through Her Lens Women’s Filmmaker Program lunch. “Like the character Peter Finch plays in ‘Network,’ I’m mad […]

“So I don’t know about all of you, but I’m having a Howard Beale moment,” said Tribeca Enterprises’ Jane Rosenthal to the women in film who gathered at Locanda Verde on Tuesday for the third annual Tribeca Chanel Through Her Lens Women’s Filmmaker Program lunch. “Like the character Peter Finch plays in ‘Network,’ I’m mad […]

Tribeca Film Festival Co-Founder Jane Rosenthal Asks Industry Women to ‘Commit to Mentoring the Next Generation’

As the industry grapples with ongoing claims of sexual harassment and abuse, the veteran producer and executive offers words of wisdom and hope.

Jane Rosenthal is mad as hell, but she’s got an idea for how to turn that anger into action. After weeks of allegations of sexual harassment and abuse against various bigwigs in the entertainment industry, many of them waged by actresses and female filmmakers, the producer has cooked up a plan to help change the industry and the world. No surprise, it asks for talented and rising women to help each other in a male-dominated business, all for the better.

Rosenthal, who co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival with Robert DeNiro and currently serves Chief Executive Officer of Tribeca Enterprises, today opened up this year’s kickoff lunch for the third annual Through Her Lens: Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program, with some pointed remarks. As she put it, “I’m having a Howard Beale moment. Like the character Peter Finch played in ‘Network,’ I’m mad as hell,” later adding, “I want you to get mad! I’m mad.”

Now in its third year, The Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program brings together industry support, artistic development, and funding to assist and help new and emerging U.S.-based female writers and directors of short-form narrative films through an annual three-day intensive. This year’s filmmakers include Marianne Amelinckx, Nicole Emanuele, Myna Joseph, Nikyatu Jusu, and Anna Zlokovic; mentors include Amma Asante, Dakota Fanning, Donna Gigliotti, Laura Karpman, Riva Marker, and Sandy Powell.

As is tradition, each year the program opens with a lunch that brings together the filmmakers, alongside mentors, jurors, and other women in the filmmaking industry. Last year’s event bowed just days before the presidential election, and Rosenthal was quick to point out how very different the world was just a year ago.

“A year ago, we sat in this room, filled with optimism because our country was about to elect a strong woman to be our president,” she said. “The deal was sealed a few days earlier when her opposing candidate was all over the airwaves bragging about committing sexual assault. And, guess what, he’s not in jail, he’s in the White House – that is, when he’s not playing on one of his golf courses.”

Rosenthal continued, naming other “powerful predators,” including Clarence Thomas, Bill O’Reilly, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Anthony Weiner, and, of course, Harvey Weinstein. As she put it, “These monsters…aren’t going to change their world through conversation. We have to change the world around them.”

Rosenthal, it seems, has a plan — or at least an idea for a way forward. “Women must come forward,” she said. “We must encourage and support each other. We must understand that an assault on one of us is an assault on all of us. We must demand justice.”

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival included a high number of films directed by women — a full one-third — and the Tribeca Film Institute has so far supported 55 projects by women this year, but even Rosenthal does not think that is enough.

“We must do better,” she said. “When you hit success, when you take another step forward it’s not enough, make sure you pull another woman up with you. Women producers, select women directors. Women directors, hire more women designers and crew. Produce and direct the work of women writers. Women in power, commit to mentoring the next generation of women in power.”

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Tribeca Enterprises CEO Andrew Essex to Step Down

Tribeca Enterprises CEO Andrew Essex is stepping down after less than two years on the job. Co-founder Jane Rosenthal will become the interim CEO. Rosenthal will also continue as executive chair. Essex will be transitioning to an advisory role by the end of the year. She made the announcement about the changes to the Tribeca […]

Tribeca Enterprises CEO Andrew Essex is stepping down after less than two years on the job. Co-founder Jane Rosenthal will become the interim CEO. Rosenthal will also continue as executive chair. Essex will be transitioning to an advisory role by the end of the year. She made the announcement about the changes to the Tribeca […]